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Approximately 90 investigators and research staff as well as trainees recently gathered at UNC to share their latest research insights, and discuss innovative new ways to collaborate and move their research forward. The overall goal of work being done in TARC is to provide healing and hope for people with arthritis, allergies and autoimmune diseases.

The conference featured a wide variety of talks as well as poster sessions, including a keynote presentation by Daniel Hal Solomon, MD, MPH, Professor at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  His presentation, titled, “Cardiovascular Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis: From Bench to Bedside,” provided a comprehensive look at the implications and overlap in the biology and treatment needs for patients with CVD and RA.

Just a few examples of topics discussed at the meeting include; genetic and trauma-related factors in development and progression of arthritis, key findings and updates from a longitudinal population-based studied of osteoarthritis, mediators of pain in arthritis, new insights into autoimmunity and lupus, and emerging theories regarding alpha-gal meal allergy. Further information about the topics presented can be found here: Link

The UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center would like to give special thanks to our Research Day sponsor Leigh Thurston Myers, whose generous donation made today’s program possible.